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Honda built a legacy of innovation by taking the high road when engineering automobiles that became known as the “Honda Way.” This determined focus resulted in the Civic CVCC engine, the first engine to comply with the 1975 Clean Air Act without a catalytic converter in 1974. Several other “firsts” followed: The world’s first mass-produced […]

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Beyond consumers, other stakeholders in Tesla’s challenge to state franchise laws are the car sellers – car dealers, automakers, and Tesla. This is the second of a set of articles in this series examining what these stakeholders stand to gain or lose. See also the Introduction, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, and […]

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Audi’s midsized A6 has long been a well-regarded luxury performance sedan and this year the German automaker is offering it to the U.S. in diesel flavor. Counting the extra-potent S6, there are now five A6 variants available, and the 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo diesel in the A6 TDI quattro Tiptronic might just make choosing between these […]

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General Motors has said it will not be caught behind in automotive propulsion electrification, and today it again backed that statement with substantial investments for its Chevrolet Volt and “two future products” yet to be revealed. The company said it will invest $449 million to upgrade processes at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and Brownstown Battery Assembly […]

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For 2014, Ford’s electric version of the Focus remains the sole pure electric vehicle of the brand. Launched late 2011 as a 2013 model, the Focus Electric is Ford’s answer both to the Nissan Leaf and to government regulations. While Nissan chose to design a complete car from the ground up with the Leaf, Ford […]

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Beyond consumers, other stakeholders in Tesla’s challenge to state franchise laws are the car sellers – car dealers, automakers, and Tesla. This is the first of a second set of articles in this series examining what various interests stand to gain or lose. See also the Introduction, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part […]

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As a consumer, you are a stakeholder. See also the Introduction to this series, Part One, and Part Two, and Part Three. It has been suggested by both sides of Tesla’s challenge against the automotive franchising system that you, as a consumer, are being manipulated. But who, some have also asked, is the one doing […]

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As a consumer, you are a stakeholder. See also the Introduction, Part One, and Part Two. A More Worthy Candidate? Late last September at a Baltimore conference with regulators and stakeholders from various states, a face-off between two high-level speakers for Tesla’s interests, and two representing auto dealer concerns talked turkey, but no one recorded […]

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As a consumer, you are a stakeholder. See also the Introduction and Part One. This is Part Two on what consumers stand to gain or lose. A Better Way? Tesla’s no-haggle, fixed price sales model has been seen as liberating, saving buyers the stress of negotiating lowest prices. Presented as a peoples’ choice by those […]

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Part one in a series. See also the Introduction. What do consumers potentially stand to gain or lose by Tesla Motors’ insistence on its factory direct sales and service model? The answer depends on a complex set of state-by-state variables yet in play, and while this is a question about the future which no one […]

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